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Questions to Ask

This list of common questions can serve as a helpful guide for your appointment with one of our pediatric physicians.

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  • What should I know about my child’s disease?
  • What are the treatment options?
  • What are the success rates for each one?
  • What are the possible risks and benefits of each kind of treatment for my child?
  • Which treatment do you recommend, and why?
  • What are the possible short-term and long-term side effects of the treatment?
  • How long do you expect the treatment to last?
  • How soon would you expect to see some response to the treatment?
  • How quickly must I make a decision about treatment?
  • If I want to read more, what other sources of information would you recommend?
  • Do all the treatments need to occur at the same institution (Memorial Sloan Kettering)?
  • Can my child still go to school?
  • Is there anything else I should be asking?
  • If I have further questions, what is the best way to reach you, and when is a good time?